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TransBus International

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2000 Mayflower and Henlys combined their UK bus and coach manufacturing interests in TransBus International. Faced with overcapacity and duplicate products, the new company consolidated some of its operations, but managed to retain its major production centres, albeit at a reduced scale.

TransBus International inherited a number of factories around the United Kingdom from all three merged companies: the former Alexander factories in Falkirk and Belfast, the former Plaxton's factories in Anston and Scarborough, the former Northern Counties factory in Wigan, and the Dennis factory in Guildford.

2004 Mayflower collapsed due to heavy debts; TransBus International was put into administration. A consortium of Scottish investors rescued the Guildford, Falkirk and Larbert operations under the new combined name Alexander Dennis. In place of the Plaxton factory in Wigan, a new aftermarket headquarter and parts warehouse was established in neighbouring Skelmersdale. The Plaxton activities at Scarborough and Anston were the subject of a management buy-out.

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